Matching in The Midwest

There is a phenomenon here in the Midwest and I always find it fascinating. A large percentage of the population believes one’s clothing and accessories should perfectly match. Now I’m not talking about tone on tone or coordinating monochromatic styling, no…I have seen women walking around with shoes looking for the EXACT color of handbag, or the EXACT color of hat which matches a tiny spot in, or sometimes the entire color of the dress. This topic is of particular importance when styling and dressing for Derby and related events this time of year. If the customer doesn’t find what they are after, the question becomes “why not”? Why make a color in one category which doesn’t match other items from the same brand? The “all nuetrals go together” thing is totally out the window here and who cares if the hat fits correctly or even looks good as long as EVERYTHING is the same color. Oh, and I do mean the SAME color. Not a shade off. Not a hue, not a hint, not a shadow off. Just as if you took a swatch to the paint store and it was duplicated with that machine which reads paint colors. I often question what reasoning dictates this fashion faux pas as one can clearly see an outfit goes together only if it is completely matching in the same EXACT color from head to toe. Who made this rule? I find this is something which is taught from childhood and observed by others as correct and true because clearly it is not practiced in the fashion world. I have also found that going against the grain so to speak, even with authority to which I am loosely given by being a “brand representative” is unwise. I am often given the look as if I have an extra head growing off my shoulders at the mere mention that no one really notices they aren’t the EXACT same color because the bag and shoes aren’t in the same eye frame at the same time. At this point my credibility is completely out the window and nothing I say from this moment forward is regarded as an opinion that matters. Now not all women around here feel this way about fashion and some will disagree with me but if you go to the Kentucky Derby this year or you watch the event on television, pay attention. I think designers are clearly missing their customer base in this market.

If you aren’t showing your shoulders you’re missing the latest trend. (At least for another season or two)

Off-the-shoulder, cold-shoulder, one-shoulder all seem to be trends which come and go quickly. I still have a couple of cold shoulder tops I adored from Express the last time around about 10 years ago. So if you are like me, and indulge in a few trendy pieces every now and then, it’s time to pull them out of storage. My feeling is this trend can be worn tastefully at almost any age if done correctly. This style does wonders for hiding that little extra skin in the arm pit area and flatters the upper body but the secret is the cut and material so one must try on. I know, I hate it too but these items definitely DON’T look good on the hanger but they do look AMAZING on a maniquin and most likely you as well. So grab a couple and head to the nearest fitting room and don’t be afraid to try some more.

We even see this trend in swimwear this season. The black and white stripe top with coordinating cut out white bottoms is a look I love for this summer.

Note the top on the hanger is not at all screaming “take me, I’m beautiful” but on…chic and sophisticated. The top is by La Blanca $75 and the bottoms areย Becca $44.

Hey Fashionista!

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Hi! I live in a big little town called Louisville, Ky. Now we may not be front page news (at least not for fashion) but we love keeping up with what is trending and putting our own little spin on it to make it our own. Isn’t that what fashion is all about? I work inside a department store as retail support and I adore Michael Kors. I’ve always followed and love fashion from the runways to street style so PLEASE show me yours! I can’t wait to show you my loves and get to know you better. Chow! ๐Ÿ™‚